25
Jan
12

CAN 2012 Files EP09: Botswana were a tough nut, but they cracked anyway!


Ghana’s Black Stars managed a not-very-pretty 1-0 win against Botswana in their Group D opener on Tuesday 24 January.

One got the feeling that if the Zebra’s of Botswana had not showed Ghana so much respect; it would have been a different ball game.

Although those 3 points are more important than beautiful passes, one begins to ask many questions about the Black Stars and their promise to return with the trophy.

For instance, where is the creativity in the attacking third? What exactly makes Inkoom a better left back than all the three called up for the position? While one is not a tactical experts, the question of why Gyan, a lone striker, spent so much time on the wings delivering crosses to no one still bugs my mind.

The old and worn out excuse that Ghana are slow starters at every tournament is already in circulation. A good showing against Mali in the second round of match will calm a lot of nerves.

Plaudits must however go to Stevanovic for having the foresight to take John Boye, an extra defender to the tournament.

 

 

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